Royal Princess AtriumCheck it out! On Thursday, June 13 The Duchess of Cambridge will be in Southampton, England to serve as the Royal Princess’ Godmother – the newest addition to Princess Cruises’ fleet. And I will be there in person to see the longtime maritime tradition of breaking a champagne bottle on the bow of the ship and you can watch it live online at 11:30 am UK/ 6:30 am ET / 3:30am PT (I know it’s early for Americans). Also on hand will be British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield who will perform “Unwritten” at the inaugural ceremony.

Many British ship-naming traditions will take place including, a blessing of the vessel by The Duchess, a performance by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) and a performance by the pipers of the Irish Guards so it should be fun to see.

Did you know: Princess has a long history of notable Godmothers who have helped christen ships, including Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and Sophia Loren, among others. More information can be found at:

About Royal Princess:
Royal Princess will depart on her maiden voyage on June 16 to Barcelona, beginning a season of Mediterranean cruises.  In the fall, the ship will sail in the Eastern Caribbean out of Ft. Lauderdale. The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship. Among the special features found on board will be a dramatic atrium, the social hub of the ship; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water; the new Princess Live! television studio; the largest pastry shop at sea; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms.

More information and video previews of the ship are available at




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